ITT has reduced its year-over-year CO2 emissions by six percent worldwide by implementing energy-efficient measures, purchasing green power offsets and installing alternative energy sources, according to the company’s 2009-2010 Global Citizenship Report.
Here are the report’s environmental highlights.
Over the past five years, ITT’s operations have reduced energy consumption by 31 percent, water use by 27 percent, hazardous waste generation by 46 percent and intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 51 percent. The company is targeting an additional 15 percent reduction in all of these areas over the next five years.
The ITT Watermark program will have provided access to safe water and sanitation to 500,000 people by the end of 2010, and that by 2013, the program aims to reach 1 million more people through a $10.5 million pledge.
In the area of energy efficiency, ITT rolled out a global program in 2010 that puts the majority of ITT computer monitors to “sleep” after 10 minutes of inactivity, which will eliminate 1,200 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions annually.
The company is also rolling out efforts at various facilities to reduce carbon emissions and energy use. As an example, by replacing its diesel oil boiler with a heating pump and solar water heaters, ITT’s plant in Shenzhen, China, eliminated nearly 200 tons of annual carbon emissions and was certified as a Cleaner Production Enterprise by government officials in 2009.
ITT’s Barge, Italy, brake-pad factory stopped scorching its friction materials and developed a new infrared cooking technology that lowers energy consumption and generates less carbon-carrying soot. And the company’s new pump plant in Milford, Ohio, features energy-efficient T-5 lighting, a reflecting roof that reduces the need for air conditioning, and translucent panels in the shop walls that let in more natural light and reduce the need for electric lighting.
In 2009, ITT operations generated 11 percent less hazardous and nonhazardous waste compared to the previous year.
ITT has more than 450 Environment, Safety & Health (ESH) managers and team members who monitor their own operations and audit other ITT sites. In 2009, they conducted 88 ESH audits. All of ITT’s major design centers worldwide have product safety review boards in place and many of ITT’s locations have “green teams” that focus on sustainability projects such as recycling and paper use reduction.
In addition, all of its locations are required to be ISO 14001 certified or have Environment, Safety & Health management systems that are “certification ready.”
ITT is a member of the Business Roundtable. These companies are committed to reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency and developing more sustainable business practices.